Area volleyball standouts receive more post-season honors
December 28, 2015
PEARLAND — Brooke Botkin and Amanda Chapa were recently named to the 2015 Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association team according to Pearland head coach and GHVCA Executive Director John Turner.
Outside hitter Botkin was selected Hitter of the Year while Chapa, a libero, was named Defensive Player of the Year.
"Brooke has once again this year proven that she is the best player in the state in the class of 2017 and might well be one of the top 3 in the nation," Turner said. "She has grown as a player while becoming a very efficient hitter and she improved her defense immensely over the last year."
"What a role model volleyball player for all our girls in the program," Turner pointed out regarding Chapa. "She is the leader that lets her play speak for itself by making spectacular digs and passing at a high efficiency rate. Amanda was chosen as “AVCA USA Today Under Armour All-American for 2015"
Pearland athletic director Ben Pardo's daughter, Mariah, was chosen as the Setter of the Year. She attends Clear Creek.
In addition to these honors, the Texas Sports Writers Association just released their All-State teams.
Botkin and Pardo were named to the Class 6A first-team.
Friendswood also had two players honored by the TSWA.
Outside hitter Shannon Murphy was named to the All-State second-team and outside hitter Kelly Colwell was named as an honorable mention.
The GHVCA will also have an All-Star game on Saturday, January 30 at the Spring Branch ISD Don Coleman Coliseum to feature the top senior volleyball players in the Houston area.
Pearland had three players selected. They are Chapa, Caroline Shecterle, and Hannah Ofczarzak.
"Her (Caroline's) ability to mix the offense up and run the floor as a general was the key for our success this past year," Turner said.
"What a difference a year makes as Hannah stepped up to play a different role on the left side for us this year and did an awesome job," Turner said. "She is such a team player and her teammates love her competitiveness as well as her humor as a teammate. I feel that Hannah has broken down some barriers this year that helped her become the player she is today.”
Zoe Hill was selected to the All-Star team from Dawson.
"Zoe is a big threat offensively but also has a huge block that can really make it difficult for other hitters to score," said Dawson head coach Jason Karim